In Wednesday’s night win against the New York Yankees, it appears that Yusei Kikuchi may have been “caught” using a foreign substance to doctor the baseball. Twitter users @Thewiseguy973 and @Andrew_Rotondi posted a screen capture and video that shows the alleged substance under the bill of YK’s ball cap.
Had he been caught by the officials, he would have been immediately ejected and served a 10-game suspension. I mean, for real…how did anyone on the field not point it out? It’s not like he even tried to hide it very well.
ESPN’s Buster Olney played it off like numerous pitchers always use a foreign substance:
Yanks manager Aaron Boone said that they will look into it, but I don’t expect anything to come from it since he wasn’t “officially” caught.
Kikuchi pitched well against the Yankees, earning the win in the 10-1 contest. He was able to toss a no-hitter through 5 innings, ending with only 1 earned run and 3 hits. The Mariners’ offense rediscovered themselves collecting 14 hits, including 3 doubles and a blast from Ryon Healy.